Environmental leaders to speak at 2018 Green Schools Conference and Rocky Mountain Green

Published on: 
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Christina Huynh

Celebrated leaders across the education, sustainability and business fields will take the stage next month at the 2018 Green Schools Conference and Expo and Rocky Mountain Green in Denver.

Register for the conferences to hear keynotes from Janine Benyus, co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8 and The Biomimicry Institute, and Emily Pilloton, founder of Project H and Girls Design Garage.

Attendees also can hear from a panel of female sustainability leaders during the Women in Green Power Breakfast event, which will explore how women can lead with purpose and drive continued creativity and progress in the workplace.

About the keynote speakers

Janine Benyus

Benyus is best known for her work on biomimicry—a nature-inspired approach to solving today’s most pressing human problems—and has written six books on the subject, including “Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature.”

She also has won several awards, including the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development 2013; the Heinz Award 2011; Time magazine’s Hero of the Environment award 2008; and United Nations Environment Programme’s Champion of the Earth for Science and Technology 2009.

Emily Pilloton

Pilloton is a well-known humanitarian design activist who works with children and teenagers on public architecture projects that support the local community. Some of her work includes a farmers market with high school students and a school library designed by its own middle school students.

She’s also the author of two books, including “Design Revolution: 100 projects that Empower People,” and her work is the subject of the documentary, “If You Build It.” Pilloton has been featured on the TED Stage, The New York Times and The Colbert Report and awarded recognition by the Obama Administration’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, the SEED Design Award and the Curry Stone Design Prize.

Women in Green Power Breakfast

Join us at this morning event, which celebrates the power of purpose, to learn from women on how to achieve change in the workplace and in your career.


Why attend

GSCE is the only national event to unite all of the players involved in making green schools a reality: those who lead, operate, build and teach in U.S. schools.

Presented by the Center for Green Schools at USGBC and produced in partnership with the Green Schools National Network, the annual conference is where you can learn best practices in advancing healthy, high-performing schools.

The co-located event offers numerous educational sessions across multiple tracks, a Student Summit, an exhibit hall, a GBCI Certification Work Zone, networking opportunities and inspiring lectures from today’s green schools experts. Attendees can learn about curriculum models, policies and practices that attendees can take back to their schools, school districts and states to implement.

GSCE will take place over May 3 and 4 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center, along with USGBC Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Green conference on May 3. Rocky Mountain Green annually convenes hundreds of building professionals, sustainability leaders and changemakers from across the Rocky Mountain region for discussions about today’s most critical sustainability and green building issues.

Looking for additional ways to participate? Volunteer opportunities are still available, and positions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. All volunteers receive a discounted ticket. Full-time student volunteers are eligible for free passes.

Register for the conferences